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post #451 of 462
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Originally Posted by kimvictor View Post
 

So there is nothing stopping debris from entering the drivers?

 

That shouldn't be the case, unless they sold you a faulty(or in this case, a pair with missing parts) IEMs.

 

 The filter system on SE line is different from that of Etys. I don't think Shure will recommend that you pull out the filter. The filters in them are semi-permanent for the average user.

 

I'm using the Shure Black Foam Olives which have a wax guard so they should be okay but I'm not sure why the internal filters are not there - I bought them second hand off ebay a few weeks ago. They sound okay but I have noticed some pretty shrill highs and it's only after reading this thread that I've become aware that there should be filters there.  I'm really looking forward to hearing what difference they make.
 
The point I'm making by comparing the Shures with the Etys is that it's perfectly normal to change the filters on the Etys quite regularly and this invariably completely refreshes the sound - just like you'd expect the difference to be be when the sound isn't having to permeate a layer of wax.  The Etys sit deeper in the ear canal so may be more prone to wax build up but I'd be surprised if the Shure filters didn't gradually clog up with wax so that any replacement is likely to enhance the sound?
post #452 of 462

There may be a bit of a chance of the clogged filter theory for the 535 but no chance of that with the 846. The differences there are even more pronounced.

post #453 of 462

My brown filters arrived yesterday from Mouser.  The postage cost for these is very high and delivery had been attempted the previous day but they wouldn't fit through the letterbox.  Can you believe it?  These tiny little things packaged in a large cardboard box that won't fit through a letterbox.  Absurd.

 

First impressions are that they do significantly increase the base, but possibly have an overall muffling effect, but too early to say anything with certainty.

post #454 of 462
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Originally Posted by Steve Wilcox View Post
 

My brown filters arrived yesterday from Mouser.  The postage cost for these is very high and delivery had been attempted the previous day but they wouldn't fit through the letterbox.  Can you believe it?  These tiny little things packaged in a large cardboard box that won't fit through a letterbox.  Absurd.

 

First impressions are that they do significantly increase the base, but possibly have an overall muffling effect, but too early to say anything with certainty.

i love the browns ... i switch between browns and grey from time to time 

post #455 of 462
I've tried the browns and am now on to the greys. Browns sounded great. Bass is strong as others have stated but highs are still good IMHO.
post #456 of 462
I am finding that as I change dampers, that I have to tweak eq settings on my iOS music playing software to improve the sound.
post #457 of 462
Extremely pleased to have tried this rather simple modification.

Recently had Right Side MMCX connector break and paid Shure for replacement IEM also Peter at DHC was making me a new cable.

Stumbled upon this Acoustic Filter Mod while reading through the many pages in the SE846 impressions thread.

I am enjoying the Brown Knowles Filters.

As previously mentioned: I believe the white Knowles sound better than the Stock filters due to metal vs plastic construction.

My lefy SE535 is old 2012 and when I pulled the stock filter out it had a split in the middle. (Would have never noticed it.)

New Replacement Right Side seemed to have a small dab of glue and the filter got destroyed during removal.

Thanks for ever most useful thread and the accompanying videos and links.

Very pleased at the moment.

(Now to send in my old SCL2 & SE210 to get exchanged for SE215's)
post #458 of 462

I broke one of the dampers in my SE315's, and my hunt for a solution led me to this forum. I have since ordered, and received, the brown knowles dampers (1000ohm), which fit perfectly. They have made a substantial difference in overall quality, I'm glad I found this thread!

post #459 of 462

Like many head-fiers, I stumbled upon this thread. Ordered several pairs of various filters (grey, brown, white) and couldn't wait to try them all. 

Thank you all for sharing the great information.

post #460 of 462

Hi all,

Just a heads up: finally you can buy all filters mentioned on an affordable price incl. combined shipping.

Link to AliExpress

post #461 of 462

Finally got round to swapping out the brown filters to try the grey.  I had a bit of a job getting the brown ones out and had to resort to bending the tip of a needle into a hook to get under the inside lip of the filter.

 

My first impressions are that a like the grey ones more than the brown.  As others have said, they do sound brighter, but there's no sibilance. There's better instrument separation and the bass is better defined than the browns.  Yes, more analytical than the browns but still very musical.  Overall, a fresher and more engaging sound to these ears.

 

Each to their own though; we all have our preferred sound signature.

post #462 of 462

After hearing grey,white,brown and green over a period of 20 months switching countless times,the whites are the best.They retain the stock sound but improve everything that tiny bit,a littler clearer and more detailed,a little deeper bass although slightly less coloured/more neutral than stock.With everything else there were compromises that couldn't be tolerated for a $500 iem whether the muffled/veiled sound of brown/green despite the warmth and increased lows or the too bright and overly edgy highs of grey and insufficient bass despite the clarity.

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